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KEO proudly incorporates the island’s heritage and tradition in all aspects of its work in order to be a successful enterprise by driving growth through market orientation, innovative technology, inspired employees striving excellence through continuous education, committed business partners, winning shareholder value and giving people of all generations and all budgets, local and international quality brands, all year round.

KEO is a public limited company formed in 1927 with its shares quoted and trading in the Cyprus Stock Exchange. It is a member of the Hellenic Mining Group whose varied interests in mining, cement production, consumer goods and banking make it the largest industrial group in Cyprus.

KEO’s growth and its rise to the eminent position of the leading Wine making and Brewing industry on the island, cannot but be attributed to the high quality of all KEO products; strong household names on the island for decades. The company markets a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic products locally and in over thirty countries worldwide.

Production of KEO Beer -a Pilsner type Lager Beer- started early in 1951. The original brewery had a small production capacity of about 300,000 gallons annually. In order to meet the ever-increasing demand, the company has carried out substantial extensions to the plant and the equipment now used being the most up-to-date machinery in the brewing industry. The brewery is currently capable of producing over 30,000 hectoliters of beer monthly.

In addition to the winery in Limassol, KEO operates three more wineries situated in the Krasochoria region of the Troodos mountain range. Mallia and Pera Pedi wineries are amongst the first to be built on the island. These wineries are close to vineyards where research is carried out in an effort to increase and safeguard the varieties of grapes, selecting those that will yield the best quality of wine when grown under the local climate.

The LAONA boutique winery, established in 1986 near Arsos village, has been taken on the family of KEO wineries in 1993. Situated in the heart of the Troodos vineyards at an altitude of approximately 1,000 metres the winery uses noble grape varieties, producing a range of wines carrying exclusively the name of this vinegrowing region, famous for cultivating Cyprus indigenous grape varieties.

Experimenting with new varieties and cultivation methods has proved essential to winemaking. A great deal of resources and funds have been invested in MALLIA winery, into the rediscovering of Cyprus indigenous grape varieties, many of which date back to the classical times, a period when the Cyprus wines reflected the island’s heritage and were so much praised. Nowadays all KEO wines are vinified at the MALLIA ESTATE winery.

The continuous development and progress achieved by KEO is the result of a long term and steady growth strategy carefully planned to meet the demands of a constantly changing environment. The organisation’s technological investment spectrum is wide, with a major addition being a state of the art mineral water plant. Set near the village of Kakopetria, in the heart of Troodos Mountains, the Mineral Water plant has been designed and built to the highest European standards at the Saint Nicholas source. The remarkable purity of the Saint Nicholas water is owed both to the location of the source far from residential or polluted areas and to the bottling procedure of the water in environmentally friendly P.E.T. bottles produced on site prior to filling.

Two more organisations come under the KEO umbrella. SWS and Sun Island are among the island’s leading fruit juice producers. Their range of products and activities extends from fruit juices to canned fruit and vegetable. Similar with KEO wineries, the two companies cultivate their own citrus plantations in addition to absorbing a great amount of fruit produced Cyprus-wide.

MILESTONES

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1927

The KEO company is founded
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1939

Plant relocated in Limassol
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1951

17 May 1951 KEO Beer Production Begins
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1963

Establishment of SWS (Juices & Canned Food)
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1987

KEO Beer wins a Gold Medal Award at the World Bottled Lager Competition at Burton upon Trent
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1995

Saint Nicholas natural mineral water launch.
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2013

KEO Beer packaging facelift
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2015

Keo Light launch